Hello, New member here. Relatively new to firearms. I grew up in suburban NJ, so I didn't have exposure to target shooting or hunting outside of BoyScout camp. I consider the 2nd amendment one of the most important (that's why it's #2) rights of an American. I would even venture to say that it is good civic behavior to be responsible and comfortable with firearms. I currently live in the great state of VA. I purchased my first pistol 2 years ago, a Sig 226 in 9mm. I love shooting it when I have the time to hit up the range. Now I'd like to purchase a rifle, but I'm not well informed. I'm thinking of taking an NRA approved basic rifle course at the local IWLA. Being that I'm a newbie, what would you recommend? Cost is not the biggest issue. I want something that is high quality and will last for generations. I'd mostly use it for target shooting, but it definitely needs to be SHTF approved. That is, I want something: 1) in a common (NATO) caliber (556 or 762) 2) common model or compatible/modular for parts My early research leads me to something like an M1A or AR-15. FYI, I purchased my pistol on the web (gunbroker) due to the huge savings. However, rifles seem to have a lot more customization options/accessories, so I'm not sure if I should go to the local store and establish a relationship, or shop online again. Suggestions? Thanks!